The United States Mint will begin selling the first American Women Quarter of 2023 later today. The Bessie Coleman Quarter will be available in bags and rolls from the Mint starting at Noon Eastern on the Mint’s site. Like last year, production of these products is limited, and all of the products are expected to sell out quickly.
Bessie Coleman was a pilot, advocate, and pioneer who flew to great heights as the first African American and first Native American woman pilot and the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license. Her determination and strong will continue to inspire today.
As has been the case throughout the American Women Quarter Program, the Mint will offer two 100-coin bag products and 2 roll products, a 2-roll and 3-roll set, for the Coleman Quarter.
- 100-Coin Bag (Philadelphia) – $45.00
- 100-Coin Bag (Denver) – $45.00
- 2-Roll Set (Philadelphia & Denver) – $40.00
- 3-Roll Set (Philadelphia, Denver, & San Francisco) – $60.00
Note that the San Francisco roll in the 3-roll set are circulation coins and not proof quality.
The Bessie Coleman quarter is the first of five different American Women Quarter Program releases scheduled for this year.
- Bessie Coleman – pilot, advocate, and pioneer who flew to great heights as the first African American and first Native American woman pilot, as well as the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license.
- Jovita Idár – Mexican American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist. She devoted her life to fighting against separatist ideologies and sought to create a better future for Mexican Americans.
- Edith Kanakaʻole – indigenous Hawaiian composer, chanter, dancer, teacher, and entertainer. Her moʻolelo, or stories, served to rescue aspects of Hawaiian history, customs, and traditions that were disappearing due to the cultural bigotry of the time.
- Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady, author, reformer, and leader. As chairperson of the Human Rights Commission where she oversaw the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as the first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, she advocated diligently for the civil liberties and needs of the poor, minorities, and the disadvantaged.
- Maria Tallchief – America’s first prima ballerina, she broke barriers as a Native American ballerina who exhibited strength and resilience both on and off the stage.